Happy Fossil Friday (one day late)!                  

 

Friday December 4, 2020

Instructor: Arthur Reed, P.G.

 

 

Crab Tumidocarcinus Giganteus

 

This handsome guy is Tumidocarcinus giganteus, a fossil crab found in Kohuratahi, Taranaki, New Zealand.

This deep-water crab lived along the seabed in warmer waters than we enjoy today, sometime between 11.04 and 7.2 million years ago in the Tongaporutuan Stage. The scale bar is 5cm.

Tumidocarcinus giganteus' right claw was larger than its left claw, a size difference most pronounced in the males. It is believed that the larger right claw was advantageous in feeding, fighting other males and attracting females. 

 

 

Watch this video on finding and ‘preparing’ this type of fossil.

 

 

 

Location where this fossil was discovered.

 

 

 

Maybe fossil hunting can be profitable??

 

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Attribution:  This page adapted from GNS Science